UN-SPIDER will conduct an Expert Meeting on “Managing Disasters using Space-Based Technology in Central Asia” on August 26th 2009 in Bishkek, Kyrgyztan.
This meeting will be conducted as a side session of the GIScience for Environmental and Emergency Management in Central Asia (GISCA) Conference, which will take place at the same venue on 27-28 August 2009. The GISCA conference is co-organized by the Kyrgyz State University and Z-GIS/University of Salzburg.
The UN-SPIDER Expert Meeting on the afternoon of August 26th will convene experts on disaster management from Central Asian countries including regional and international DRM organizations.
UN-SPIDER would like to highlight during this side event the need to use space-based information for disaster-risk management. The audience should be Disaster-Risk managers from Kyrgyzstan and from neighboring countries, as well as representatives from international organizations such as ISDR, UNDP-BCPR, InWent, ADPC, ADRC; as well as from technical agencies such as Z_GIS, which are supporting this region in the context of disaster-risk management.
The purpose of the expert meeting is to identify partners for further cooperation, to identify needs in the region and find ways regarding how UN-SPIDER can promote the use space-based information for disaster risk reduction and emergency response.